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ISSUE 211, August 2017

Thousands of ticket-holders in
limbo after promoter goes bust

THOUSANDS OF people have been left chasing ticket refunds after the promoter behind two Olly Murs shows ceased trading.

Dorset-based Stephen C Associates (SCA), run by Stephen McManus, was due to stage concerts with the artiste at Exeter’s Powderham Castle on 29 July and at Bournemouth’s King’s Park (cap. 10,000) on 5 August, along with a show by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Powderham on 30 July. 

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No hope or glory in festival fiasco 

THE ORGANISER behind Hope and Glory festival (cap. 12,500) has admitted his career in live music is probably over after the event descended into chaos, causing the final day to be cancelled. 

The event licence for the 5-6 August festival, held in Liverpool’s St George’s Square, was granted to Hope and Glory Festival Ltd, with organiser Lee O’Hanlon of promoter tinyCOW and Lichfield-based businessman Iain Kerr as its directors.

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Scheme unveiled to move Newcastle arena

A £200 MILLION project to replace Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena (cap. 11,250) with a new venue in Gateshead has been revealed.

Gateshead Council is behind the plans and is working with property developers Ask Real Estate and investment manager Patrizia UK, along with venue operator SMG Europe to create a 12,500-capacity arena on a 10-acre site in Gateshead Quays. 


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Festival potential at Ally Pally

THE OWNER and operator of North London’s 10,250-capacity Alexandra Palace venue, Alexandra Palace Trading, has gained a license to stage 50,000-capacity music events in its surrounding parkland.  

“The ongoing license came into force in April this year, and we are currently looking at how we are going to use it,” says director of event operations Simon Fell.  

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MVT predicts spate of venue closures
after Arts Council funding withdrawn

THE ENTIRE grassroots venue sector is likely to suffer following the Arts Council England (ACE) decision not to grant the Music Venue Trust (MVT) further funding, claims MVT strategic director Beverley Whitrick.

The registered charity, which aims to ‘preserve, improve and protect grassroots venues’, submitted three applications to ACE for further funding rounds, but all were rejected.

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Derelict cinema to become the Hackney Arts Centre

PROPOSALS TO transform a derelict cinema in London borough Dalston into the Hackney Arts Centre, including a 1,200-capacity live music venue, have been approved.

Auro Foxcroft, owner of the Village Underground (cap. 400) in Shoreditch,  is behind a £3 million plan for the former Savoy cinema, which will see the stalls host concerts, the balcony become a theatre space and an adjacent snooker hall turned into a bar and restaurant. The Arts Impact Fund is putting £600,000 towards the project.

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O2 renews sponsorship for venue network 

TELECOMS COMPANY O2 has renewed its sponsorship of 19 venues across the UK for a further decade, in an agreement thought to be worth £70 million. 

The deal, running until 2027, agreed with venue owners Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) and majority LNE-owned Academy Music Group (AMG), will be worth around £7m a year.

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St Mary’s back in the game 

ST MARY’S Stadium in Southampton is once again open for concert business more than a decade after putting on shows with Elton John and Bon Jovi. 

Home to Southampton Football Club, the venue staged Robbie Williams Heavy Entertainment Show on 6 June, co-promoted my Live Nation Entertainment and its Metropolis Music division, with a 32,000-capacity crowd and is looking for more of the same.

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New award for city festivals

THE HUGE response from LIVE UK readers and the wider music industry to the nominee submissions process for this year’s Live Music Business Awards (LMBAs) has led to organisers creating another category.

Best Festival: Multi-Venue will cover any city/town centre music event that uses more than two venues, with festivals that meet that description switched over from the other three festival award categories, tiered by capacity.

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Watchdog exposes Viagogo’s ‘rip-off
tactics and aggressive marketing’ 

THE DUBIOUS practices of secondary ticketing site Viagogo have once again drawn the ire of customers, resulting in the company featuring on BBC 1’s Watchdog  for at least a second time.

The investigative programme featured the Switzerland-registered resale platform after a spike in complaints, particularly over Viagogo’s booking fee, which in one case saw a customer pay £500 in administrative costs as part of an overall bill of £1,700 for tickets to see Tom Jones.

Watchdog used Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson to show viewers how the sites customers were being pressured to book tickets quickly, by simulated queues, countdown clocks and warnings to buy.

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ATG to operate new Swansea venue

MULTI-VENUE owner Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has won the contract to run Swansea’s new 3,500-capacity multi-use entertainment space. 

ATG, which operates 46 theatres across the UK, US and Australia, was selected to operate the Swansea Digital Arena on the former St David’s shopping centre site, following discussions between Swansea Council, development management firm Rivington Land and arena consultant IPW.

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Industry facing ‘perfect storm’
claims new UK Music chief

A COMBINATION of declining provision of music in schools and reports that many grassroots venues are closing, is putting the UK music industry at risk, according to UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher.

The recently appointed head of the industry’s umbrella group believes the £4.1 billion the UK Music report Wish You Were Here (see LIVE UK issue 210) calculates was generated by live music last year could be affected.

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Regal setting where
best seats sell first

A VERSITILE approach, premium seating and an intimate atmosphere has helped The Regal Cinema in Evesham surpass expectations in hosting live music. 

Built in 1932 as an Art Deco theatre the venue eventually became dilapidated and closed in the early 2000s. A project to restore the building began in 2009 and The Regal reopened with a 700 standing and 493 seated capacity in 2012, under the stewardship of father and son team Ian and Laurence Wiper.

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AIE secures £1m boost in funding 

MUSIC CHARITY Attitude is Everything (AIE), which campaigns for better access to live music events for deaf and disabled people, has been awarded £998,800 in funding over the next four years from Arts Council England (ACE). 

The investment will allow AIE to further provide guidance, training and consultancy on enhanced access. 

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Masters of the Universe
return to the Summit

MORE CONFERENCE sessions have been announced for the LIVE UK Summit, set for Thursday 12 October at the Radisson Blu Portman hotel in London’s West End,  

Old favourite Masters of the Universe, featuring international agents relating tales of theirs and their artistes’ exploits around the world, returns, along with Stairways To Heaven, focussing on the grassroots live sector, and The Social Network, exploring the increasing breadth of social media marketing.

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New space launched at Echo Arena 

LIVERPOOL’S ECHO Arena (cap. 11,000) is to begin hosting live events at sister venue Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL). 

ECL, which has three halls, is to be transformed into the 7,000-capacity Space by Echo Arena Liverpool.

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Rapper sues insurer for £7.5m

KAYNE WEST has filed a $10million (£7.55m) lawsuit against insurance company Lloyd’s of London, accusing the firm of withholding payments following the cancellation of a tour in November 2016.

In the lawsuit, West’s company Very Good Touring claims Lloyd’s is holding back payments due to his use of marijuana, something West’s lawyer Howard King describes as an “unsupportable contention”.

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Dipple joins Live Nation

FORMER UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple has been appointed senior vice-president of public affairs at Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), a position which also covers LNE subsidiary Ticketmaster.

Dipple left her role at the music industry umbrella group in July after five years. She has previously worked as a strategic advisor to the government.

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The UK's Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 2 Open-air venues, stadiums, arenas, campus venues, arts centres, clubs, pubs & bars.

The annual 76-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.

The UK's Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 1 Theatres and Concert Halls (2016).

The annual 80-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.